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Rosetta's sixth full-length album, and third major independent self-release.

On this recording:
Mike Armine - vocals, electronics
Dave Grossman - bass, vocals
Eric Jernigan - guitars, vocals, keyboards
Bruce McMurtrie Jr - drums, percussion, vocals
Matt Weed - guitars, vocals, keyboards


released September 1, 2017

Recorded at Studio G Brooklyn during July and August of 2017
Produced by Francisco Botero and Rosetta
Lead engineer: Francisco Botero
Assistant engineer: Alexis Berthelot
Mixed by Francisco Botero
Mastered by Carl Saff
Art direction and design by Jordan Butcher for Studio Workhorse

For their generosity, good work, and camaraderie, we'd like to thank:
Francisco, Alexis, & the Studio G crew, Jordan, Carl, Ben Romney, North, Kimi at Tokyo Jupiter, Ovum, Mikey P & Julia, John at Arcane Angels, Lochlan, Ilya & Alex at Bookingmachine, Timo at Golden Antenna, Steve at War Crime, Kerretta, the Lloy family, Matt Geary, Deathmonger AD & Beasters, Fu-Wah Mini Market, & our partners and families for their steadfast care & support.

Most of all, thanks to our listeners for supporting us for so many years and continuing to make this work possible.


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Rosetta Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Pursuing the intersection of beauty and heaviness since 2003. 5 people, 16 years, 15 releases, 1200+ shows, 45 countries.

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Track Name: Intrapartum
Sound swells, swirling around in circles
Pulsing, hinting at definition
Murmur traveling down, subconscious
Fathom the depth without any surface

Echoed sounds collide to form an image
Walls vibrate, pushing back, reflexive
Upside down, impulse without closure
Oscillate myopic impressions

Cry out, take in, announce sensation
Revere, relate, draw near, consecrate

Let there be light, light without end

Widen new eyes, sharpen, recognize
React, breathe in, contact kindred skin
Track Name: Neophyte Visionary
Days are filled with waves of acclaim
We celebrate an arrival so joyful in tone
An orderly rhythm with diligence shown
So how does it feel? Powerful?

Give to the field respectfully now
Devote the labor, make sense of self
Invincible: a torch lit bright
At the center, a guiding light
Nowhere behind, forward motion
To move the mountains with the sea

Again and again I show the thickest of skin
No one could charm me
No fear of harm

Magnify, escalate
Amplify, propagate
Magnify, escalate
Anchor down, bear the weight

Stay behind, surrender with me in mind
I'll fill all the cities with light
Build, up. Build up.
Track Name: King Ivory Tower
Grinding the teeth to the nerve, pacing miles in circles
Setting fire to my throat, secluding my world
Sewing meat to the bone, biting nails 'til they break
Setting fire to my lungs
To sanctify my senses

Imitate, emulate, incarnate
The ones who last
Imitate, emulate, incarnate
Those with means

Laying on the altar, harvesting the fire
Basking in the immolation
A guiding luminance

I know what strings I can pull
So they believe my dance to be steps of a waltz, in time
I am the kingmaker, mover of worlds and men
Keeper of time and grain, author of fate:

To skies
Let rise
Great spires
Built high
Track Name: Détente
“When you return, I draw you near
Reassure, then disappear
A slight setback, a souvenir
But you've endured, persevered
A second guess will interfere
It's obvious it's insincere
Your success across the years
Concealed distress; I kept you here.”

Weathered lines and scars, a tribute to the years
Turn back times lost on me
Bones ground down to silt, eroding to absolve
Toiling, time’s lost on me

I’m carrying the weight of culpability
My cloud bears down upon you
Etched into my frame: ‘desolation’
Written in my name, a legacy

Sweeping over me, a consolation
Blissful melody, a misery

“I will remain with you, reframing points of view;
You will remain with me, pursuing symmetry.”
Track Name: Hypnagogic
Retreat, dis-ease; I pray for sleep
A temporary absolution
At least in dreams I might find peace
In the unwinding confusion

Sinking down with the fleeting thought that I missed
My chance to own up, to reconcile
Sinking down with the notion that you exist
Like I never owed anything

Drifting fog clears. Alone, I fear
Ending without resolution.
Looming idea, finite, severe:
I have sown our dissolution.
Each night I'm here shaking, unhinged
Still I can't make restitution
Looming idea, finite, severe:
I have made our desolation.

You're there in shadow,
Indicting me. We both know
I can't see you, or make amends
Track Name: Qohelet
Not a flood, not a gale
But a whisper of a reckoning close at hand

Deserted by the light
I wear the shroud of my vanity magnified
Reaping the whirlwind
Eclipsing the lodestar
No time left to weep
No time left to keep

I’ll drown in shallow water and no one will remember

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